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Green is where the Heart Is for October 3, 2012

"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from."  ~ Seth Godin

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Every resident on Pleasure Island has the opportunity to be “on vacation” in a few short minutes. 
The only problem with this concept is that too many of us forget where we live while days, maybe weeks pass and we suddenly wonder, “Hey, when was the last time I put my toes in the ocean?”
Life is more satisfactory when a sense of community is attained.  The third annual Island Days event held the last Sunday in September around the lake in Carolina Beach, was a fantastic display of that comradery. 
Over 50 booths were filled with groups, businesses and non-profit organizations promoting their services to the passers-by. 
The day provided education and fun for all ages.  Many booths had great activities for children and the most amazing thing about the day was that it was totally FREE!!  No one was allowed to peddle their wares. 
It was an old fashion picnic where neighbors could hang out together, listen to free music, be in a family friendly environment and relax, just like they were on vacation.  There were hot dogs, sodas and chips passed out by the towns’ firemen.  The doughnut eating contest was, of course, supplied by Britts’s .  Churches passed out popcorn, lemonade, water and one had a cupcake walk.  
The Island Women promoted their Beach Bound project raising money to purchase wheel chairs made to be easily maneuvered on the beach. 
I manned the booth for the Kure Beach Storm Water and Environmental Committee with my good friend Eric Vann.  We passed out pencils and mints provided by Waste Management but more importantly, we educated people with what can and cannot be recycled through the residential pick-up on our island.
Our goal was to warn people to NOT PUT PLASTIC BAGS in the recycle bins. Chances are, if your bottles and cans are in a plastic bag it will get discarded (and end up in the landfill) before it ever reaches the MERF floor in Raleigh where the comingling of recyclable products begins its journey through the conveyer system.
The plastic bags get caught in the single stream recycling conveyer system and the whole process has to shut down for repair. 
Eric and I (and our recycling bear Fuzzy Wuzzy) reminded people to get into the habit of using reusable bags to tote groceries.  If forgotten ask the clerk for paper instead of plastic. 
Paper bags can store bottles and cans and can be put directly into the recycling with no problems.   The biggest complaint we heard was from condo residents who said their HOA’s did not offer recycling. 
They can take their recycling to Murray Middle School, 655 Halyburton Memorial Parkway which isn’t too far over the bridge or the Moose Lodge on Carolina Beach Rd near Monkey Junction. 
But recycling needs to be more convenient than that.  Please contact your HOA and request that they provide it for you.  The state of North Carolina has banned aluminum cans and plastic bottles from the landfill.  Every time you are not recycling these items you are breaking the law.  Kure Beach is leading the way to make it convenient for their residents and businesses by providing the large 65 gallon recycling containers. 
That’s because we love where we live.  Sometimes we forget we live here every day because it is so pleasant, we think we are on vacation.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.